Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Update: LADWP exec says Owens Dry Lake ruling to cost LA $400M

“This decision doesn't change the fact that a common sense solution is needed to stop ... the senseless waste of water in the Owens Valley," said the LADWP's Ron Nichols.

LADWP ordered to implement dust controls on Owens Dry Lake

State air regulators have sided with eastern Sierra officials in a tense dispute with the DWP over LA's responsibilities to control dust on the Owens lakebed dried nearly a century ago by the city's thirst.

California's carbon market opens; is it strong?

The results of California’s first-ever carbon auction are in. The price for a carbon allowance was just over $10 a ton, lower than some analysts predicted.

Robert Redford, Pitzer promote So Cal sustainability

The program’s stated goal is to combine research with hands-on education in a liberal arts environment to solve sustainability problems in the region.

Stormwater permit approved for Los Angeles watershed

Water regulators have passed a sweeping set of rules that will change how L.A.-area cities manage stormwater runoff by imiting almost three dozen pollutants in water.

Testing underway for toxics under Carson Carousel houses (MAP)

Shell Oil is taking steps to clean up toxic contamination under homes in a Carson neighborhood built on top of open pits that were covered and sold to a developer.

LA regional water board to consider stormwater runoff rules

Los Angeles regional water regulators will consider rules designed to keep polluted stormwater runoff out of coastal waters and beaches.

Weather is personal. Climate is not. Will Sandy change that?

[View the story "Weather is personal. Climate is not. (Or is it?)" on Storify]Weather is personal. Climate is not. (Or is it?)Everyone moans about the weather; it's a fundamental right.

Is California prepared for rising sea levels?

Superstorm Sandy put much of the eastern seaboard underwater as record storm surges batter the shore.

MTV, Sway put Obama on the climate hot seat

Sway looks nervous, and he sounds like he has no idea what he is talking about. He doesn't ask a follow-up. The whole thing lasts 3 minutes. But heck, he did ask, and Candy Crowley didn't.

For all the hot air, little of substance on climate change in Presidential race

Two thirds of American voters say climate change is an important problem. But we have heard little about what Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would do about it.

Federal judge upholds Santa Ana sucker fish protections

A federal court has upheld protections along the Santa Ana River for a small fish sucked into a big political fight.

'A Wrinkle in Time' gets the graphic-novel treatment

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s novel, "A Wrinkle In Time." LA-based cartoonist Hope Larson adapted the book into a graphic novel.

Part III: Do most people care if food is genetically engineered?

Proposition 37 pits a mostly grassroots campaign of consumers against high-profile money from Monsanto and General Mills. But do most people care about if their food is genetically modified?

Part II: French study on Monsanto corn at center of Prop. 37 debate

Backers of Prop. 37 have pointed to a new weapon in their arsenal: a study published last month that claims to prove that genetically modified corn causes tumors in rats.